Lee Johnson says Hibs have waited 'too long' for derby win

Martin Boyle (far left) scored twice in Hibs' last Edinburgh derby win
Scottish Premiership: Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian
Venue: Easter Road, Edinburgh Date: Sunday, 7 August Kick-off: 12:00 BST
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland, live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & app, Sportscene highlights on BBC Scotland from 19:15

Hibernian have waited "too long" for an Edinburgh derby win, says Lee Johnson, as the head coach attempts to defeat Hearts at the first time of asking.

On Sunday, Hibs aims for a first derby victory in seven meetings since Martin Boyle's double in a 2-0 Tynecastle win in December 2019.

Hibs have now re-signed Boyle from Saudia Arabian club Al-Faisaly, but he will not be in the squad.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Johnson.

"When you sign for a club like Hibs, with a history, with the stature of the club, the first fixture you look for is the Hearts game.

"When it was early, I was very excited by that. The players are very excited. The game takes care of itself motivationally.

"It's been too long. I want an experience of listening to our fans singing Sunshine on Leith and this is the first opportunity to be able to have that."

Two of last season's Edinburgh derbies finished 0-0 but Hearts won the final league meeting and the Scottish Cup semi-final meeting.

Johnson's tenure began this summer with a group-stage League Cup exit before an opening Premiership win at St Johnstone last weekend.

"We're going to be have to be tactically very astute because of their qualities and also the players that we've got out," he added.

"We're ready for it, we're well prepared."

Meanwhile, Hibs full-back and midfielder Chris Cadden, 25, has signed a new contract tying him to the club until the summer of 2025.

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